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How can I tell if an elderly loved one is having memory trouble?

Determining if a loved one is having memory problems can be a very difficult task. Often times they are able to cover up their memory deficits, which can make it very difficult for family members to recognize. One sign that may indicate a loved one is having trouble with memory includes forgetting appointments. They may forget where they were driving, even in neighborhoods that are very familiar to them. Often times, they may forget the date, or forget to make payments on bills. In more severe cases, they may begin to make poor decisions or have difficulty with language.

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